How To Know if People are Spying on Your Computer

Advancements in technology have made it possible for individuals to spy on you on your own computer. Cyberspies are not a myth but a reality. Luckily, there are ways to find out if someone is spying on your computer. Once you have confirmed that someone is snooping on you, you can take the appropriate steps to stop this invasion of privacy.

VNC programs

VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is a type of program or software that allows access to a computer from another computer or a device that is connected to the Internet. Although there are benefits to having this program, it can also be used to spy on another computer.
Here are a few suggestions on how to know if people are spying on your computer.

  • Visually examine your list of programs. Look at all your programs. Check to make sure that you installed all of these programs yourself. The presence of a remote control software, which usually has the acronym “VNC” in the title means you have an unwanted program in your computer. GoToMyPC and LogMeIn are two examples of remote control programs that do not contain the acronym “VNC” in their filenames. But they both allow remote access to the computer. Programs like these usually run in the background. If you did not install these then you may never know of their presence. If there are program filenames that are unfamiliar to you, use your search engine to learn more about them.
  • Check for hidden programs. You will need to access the Windows Firewall for this step. In Windows, click on “Start” then open the “Control Panel.” Look for “Windows Firewall” and click on this icon. Next, click on the “Exceptions” tab. Run through the different programs that are allowed to access your computer. If you find any program that you have no knowledge of, search for this program on the Internet in order to identify whether it is a VNC program or not.
  • Use the Task Manager. The Windows Task Manager shows you which programs are currently running on your computer. You can bring up the Task Manager window by pressing the three keys, “Ctrl” “Alt” “Delete” all at once. Click on the “Processes” tab. Check if there are any processes that are running under a name different from your computer profile’s name. It is normal to see SYSTEM, LOCAL SERVICE, and NETWORK SERVICE in the list. Anything other than these names may possibly mean that someone else is accessing your computer. You can choose to terminate the unauthorized process or processes immediately or investigate further.
  • Activate your spyware scan software. There are a number of free programs online as well as software you can buy that scan for spyware. Use these programs to check if your computer is being accessed and monitored by someone else. Make sure to update your spyware definition files regularly as new spyware is created regularly.
  • Check for keyloggers. A number of software programs record each keystroke made on the computer. These are called keyloggers. There is also a hardware version of keyloggers. This type of device is often found between the keyboard and the port where the keyboard goes in. For software keyloggers, you can use anti-virus and anti-spyware programs to detect them. For keylogger devices, look for something physically attached to your keyboard that should not be there.

Spying on other people’s computers without the authority of the owner can pose serious legal problems. You have the right to privacy. Knowing how to check if someone is spying on you can protect you from computer spies.


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